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Georgia C. Richards

DPhil (Oxon), BSc (Hons I)

Research Fellow

  • EBM Medical Teaching & Development Lead, CEBM
  • Open Data Institute (ODI) Fellow
  • Associate Editor, BMJ Evidence Based Medicine
  • Fellow, RROx

Georgia is the EBM Medical Teaching and Development Lead in the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM), coordinating EBM and evidence synthesis modules for the Oxford Medical School. She has a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil/PhD) in Epidemiology from the University of Oxford (2021) and expertise in quantitative observational research using open data, open science and evidence synthesis. Georgia's list of publications is here

Georgia founded and leads the Preventable Deaths Tracker. She is also an Open Data Institute (ODI) Fellow (2023-23), an Associate Editor of BMJ Evidence Based Medicine, a Fellow of Reproducible Research Oxford (RROx), Centre for Open Science (COS) Ambassador, a member of the Catalogue of Bias Collaboration, on the Steering Group for the Declaration to Improve Health Research, and a member of the Transparent & Open Research Collaboration in Health (TORCH).

Research interests & supervision

Georgia welcomes supervision queries from undergraduate and graduate students on taught and research programmes who are interested in pursuing research in the following areas: 

  • patient safety, preventable deaths, and harms in healthcare 
  • pharmaco-epidemiology and pharmaco-device-vigilance
  • open science, open data, and meta-research 

Georgia also welcomes contributions to the Preventable Deaths Tracker and Oxford Catalogue of Opioids.

She has supervised students for medical electives, micro- and summer internships, Special Study Modules (SSM), Academic Special Interest Projects (ASIP), Special Study Themes (SST), Final Honours Scheme (FHS) essays and research projects, which have led to several publications, including in BJGP OpenBMJ Evidence Based Medicine; Drug Safety; the Medico-Legal Journal; and JRSM Open

Oxford DPhil research

Georgia's research assessed the global and national use of strong pain medicines called opioids, which is summarised here and openly available for download here. She was based in the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine and worked with members of the Bennett Institute of Applied Data Science

During her DPhil, Georgia was the early-career representative on the EBMLive Steering Committee and co-led the 2019 Doug Altman Scholarships and the 2022 David Sackett Fellowships, which funded early-career researchers from across the globe to attend EBMLive in Oxford. This led to various outputs including an editorial in The BMJ, opinion pieces in BMJ EBM on challenges facing early-career researchers and building capacity in low-middle-income countries, and a review in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. Georgia chaired the 2019 Steering Committee and report for the 4E's Forum to Improve the Detection, Analysis and Reporting of Harms in Medicines held in Erice, Sicily. 

Prior to Oxford

Georgia gained a BSc in Biomedical Science and First Class Honours in Pharmacology from the University of Queensland, Australia. In 2016, Georgia was awarded the Australian Women of the Future Award, Judges Choice Winner, for her passion and dedication to continue pain research and help others. Before starting her DPhil, Georgia worked as a medical researcher and health scientist in Australia. 

Declarations, disclosures, & competing interests

I have a paid casual contract at the University of Oxford to teach Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) and supervise research. I have received expenses and fees for speaking at conferences and events, training coroners, and teaching epidemiology, EBM, and open science. I am an Associate Editor of BMJ Evidence Based Medicine for which I receive a small annual remuneration. I am the Director of a limited company that is independently contracted to conduct research in the private sector and receive fees from subscriptions to a Substack publication.

Between September 2017 and March 2021, I was financially supported by the NHS National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) School for Primary Care Research (SPCR), the Naji Foundation, and the Rotary Foundation to study for a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) at the University of Oxford. 

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